Yesterday, the Jaguars made several roster moves to bring their total count to 80 players, the required limit that would have been enforced for all 32 teams on Aug. 16.
In reducing the roster the Jaguars waived rookie running back Tavien Feaster, first-year offensive lineman Tyler Gauthier, rookie offensive lineman Steven Nielsen and rookie K Brandon Wright, and released third-year safety Doug Middleton.
Feaster, Nielsen and Wright were signed as undrafted free agents shortly after this year’s draft. Gauthier and Middleton signed with the team last season.
“The Jaguars, who may carry 80 players on their active list until the final roster reduction to 53 players on Sept. 5, are now eligible to have all 80 players at the facility, including on the practice field, simultaneously throughout training camp.”
The team also announced that they have placed defensive tackle Rodney Gunter on the team’s active/non-football illness list. With three players - RB Ryquell Armstead and OL Ryan Pope and Tre’Your Wallace-Simms - remaining on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the Jaguars roster stands at 80.
Gunter will play a major role with the Jaguars this season at defensive end, replacing veteran defensive lineman Calais Campbell who was traded to the Baltimore Ravens shortly prior to the draft for a fifth-round selection.
Tight end James O’Shaughnessy counts against the team’s roster limit as he was placed on the team’s active/physically unable to perform list last week. Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue does not currently count against the team’s roster as he has yet to sign his franchise tender.